Small craft advisory

10 Aug

Readers on the East Coast may want to wear a life-jacket:

Bill McGuire, the director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre at University College London, said a huge chunk of rock, roughly the size of the Isle of Man, was on the brink of breaking off the volcanic island of La Palma in the Canaries.

When – Professor McGuire says it is not a matter of if – the rock plunges into the ocean it will trigger giant waves called mega-tsunamis.

Travelling at speeds of up to 560mph, the huge walls of water will tear across the ocean and hit islands and continents, leaving a trail of destruction.

The mega-tsunamis are much larger then regular tsunamis and occur roughly once every 10,000 years. If the rock does fall into the ocean, it will cause waves to smash into Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. It will be like Deep Impact, but without Elijah Wood.

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